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Rasulo represents England in the Algarve

3 March 2014

Giorgio Rasulo helped England Under-17s to a second-place finish at the Algarve Tournament last week.

The MK Dons youngster made three appearances for the Young Lions, who recorded a win, a draw and a loss at the tournament which serves as a warm-up for the upcoming European Championships in the Czech Republic.

England got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday, thanks to goals from Josh Sims and Joshua Onomah. Forward Rasulo featured as a 56th minute substitute for Kenny Swain’s side along with former Dons youngster Seyi Ojo.

Two days later, Rasulo was handed a start as England faced the host nation, Portugal in Faro. Despite taking the lead on two occasions through Callum Cooke, the Young Lions had to settle for a point after the Portugese hit back with goals from Diogo Goncalves and Anthony Oliviera.

Sunday then saw Rasulo and his team-mates go head-to-head with Germany in a ‘winner takes all’ clash at Municipal Stadium. England though, were beaten by a late goal from Benedikt Gimber, with Rasulo introduced from the bench for the Young Lions in the 62nd minute.

Rasulo will now return to Milton Keynes with 10 England caps to his name and hopeful of earning a place in the squad for this month’s Championships.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli will be hoping to feature for England Under-18s in their friendlies with Croatia this week.

The young midfielder travelled to St. George’s Park on Saturday evening head of the two games, the first of which takes place tonight at 7.30pm. The second clash is on Wednesday at 2pm.

Also, Ben Reeves has arrived in Croatia with the Northern Ireland squad ahead of the international friendly between the two sides on Wednesday.

Reeves travelled on Sunday following MK Dons’ clash with Sheffield United and will take part in a training session later today as the Northern Irish look to get their 2014 campaign off to a winning start.

The Dons midfielder, who is eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his grandmother, will earn his first international cap if selected by Michael O’Neill.

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